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Ai Weiwei ready to lose his second tax fine appeal today

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 7:58am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 8:08am


Artist Ai Weiwei will receive a ruling at around 10am today in a second appeal of tax evasion charges and a fine of more than 15 million yuan (HK$18.5 million) brought against him using his wife's company, Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd.

Ai was prevented from attending an initial hearing in June this year, and his wife's first appeal was rejected the following month. A second hearing was not held, with the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court choosing to go straight to today's ruling.

Ai has vowed to continue to fight the fine, which he has dismissed repeatedly on Twitter as having no legal basis and expects will be upheld today.


Morning Clicks

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The Asahi Shimbun
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The Diplomat
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Voice of America
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